Who We Are
New World is a community of faith, passionate about helping people experience transforming relationships with Jesus Christ.
New World: Different by Design ~ Recreating the Church
To Create and Sustain a Community on the “Move,” Passionate About Helping People Experience Transforming Relationships with Jesus Christ
In the opening of the Gospel of John, John writes that “grace and truth” have come in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Our era is one in which either the truth is reduced to a tool to bully other people, or the possibility of knowing the truth is rejected on the grounds that it is divisive. New World rejects both options, affirming both the know-ability of truth--the unique truth of God’s revelation in Jesus, as attested to in Scripture, Tradition, Experience and Reason--and the insufficiency of knowing the truth of God apart from the grace and love of God.
Worship is not simply an activity that religious people engage in on the weekend. It is a fundamental disposition of the heart, an inescapable reality for anyone. It is not simply our knowledge that defines us as people; our loves and desires, our affirmation and pursuit of that which we call “good,” shape our lives and our world. As Christians, we not only seek to encounter Jesus Christ in our corporate expressions of worship, we seek to make every aspect of our lives an expression of gratitude and adoration for his mercy and his grace (Romans 12:1-2).
As Christians, we believe that God has not left creation or his people alone, but that God has remained intimately involved with it from the beginning. Jesus came to Earth on a mission: he came to restore and redeem humanity and the cosmos. While Jesus has accomplished his work, we believe and affirm that God has given God’s people the mission of bearing witness to this salvation and of acting as agents of reconciliation and justice (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). Like the God who saved us, our role is not to withdraw from the world around us, but to see the ways in which every part of our lives bears witness to the life we have in Jesus. Our mission as Christians is to be involved (to “move” in the community) in every part of the world, even while not being conformed to it (John 17:14-16, Romans 12:1-2).
We live in an increasingly individualistic world, where, as sociologist Robert Putnam put it, we go “bowling alone.” However, as Christians, we believe that love is the very foundation of reality, and that love requires another. The God whom we worship is Triune: God exists eternally as a community of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As those who are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), we recognize that to fully function and flourish as humans requires that we live in communities of love and care. At New World, we want everyone to experience the joys, the sorrows, the gritty realities and lofty delights of human community. Our goal is to cultivate communities that are shaped by the love of Jesus (John 13:34) and that carry each others’ burdens (Galatians 6:2).
When God created the world, God called it “very good” (Genesis 1:31). While it has been marred by sin, the created order is still “the theater of God’s glory." As humans who are created in God’s image, we have been given the freedom and joy of cultivating this creation and of adorning it in ways that reflect its beauty and the beauty of the one who made it. Whether through art and culture, in our lives, or in our communion, at New World we strive to infuse everything we do with an unmitigated affirmation of beauty’s role and importance in our world, and a sense of delight in the work of creation.